time. of course his voice was very loud to the readers. therefore it was very influential. in the discussion of the slavery question. i think the compassion of dickens is not to be underestimated. he had an incredible ability to put himself in the reality of other people, not himself, and to feel their life. that comes out of the books. i think what's interesting, how it comes out of the books is in the earlier novels there's the notorious sentimentality of some of these characters. as he gets older, you know, he can still do that but without the sentimentality. >> one of the best examples of that i think comes comes when there's a boy who sweeps the street, he's very concerned about air pollution, pollution of london. he dies. he dies on the page after you've spent a few hundred descred pages feeling badly for him he finally dies. dickens turns and said ladies and gentlemen, dead committees.